Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Review: House of Correction by Nicci French


Title: House of Correction
Author: Nicci French
Published: October 2020, William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Source: Publisher via TLC Booktours

‘So,’ said Mora Piozzi, her lawyer, looking down at her laptop. ‘In brief: you are charged with the murder of Stuart Robert Rees, on December 21st, between the hours of ten-forty in the morning and half-past three o’clock in the afternoon.’

Tabitha is accused of murder. She is in prison awaiting trial.
There is a strong case against her, and she can’t remember what happened on December 21st.
She is alone, frightened and confused.
But somehow, from the confines of her cell, she needs to prove everyone wrong.

House of Correction is beautifully written, clever, shocking, twisty, so believable and utterly compelling. This is another stunningly brilliant novel to relish from Nicci French.

My thoughts: This is the first book I've read by the husband and wife writing team of Nicci French and if this book is anything to go by, it certainly will not be the last. I absolutely loved it and found myself completely blown away by how clever it was.

I am such a fan of locked room mysteries and this one was such a good one. From the very start I found myself hooked and that never let up. I loved that we get to basically solve the mystery right along with Tabitha and that we help eliminate the suspects as she does. It was such a clever way to write the story and I found myself so engaged. I also loved that Tabitha is such a flawed character - her mental health issues make you want to question her. But she was so likeable that I just couldn't help but root for her.

This was just such a twisty read and I enjoyed it very much. I will definitely be adding Nicci French's backlist to my tbr immediately! Have you read their books? What should I start with first?


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